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Fridoy, February 11, 1955
Huskers Must Win ,
On Foreign Courts
By MAX KREITMAN
Sports Staff Writer
When the Oklahoma Sooners take the court tomorrow night In a
conference tilt with the Nebraska Cornhuskers, it closes the last
Saturday of basketball at the Coliseum for 1955. Only a Monday night
engagement with the Missouri Tigers will remain on the NU home
If the Huskers should conquer both OU and the Tigers, it will
mark a perfect home season of eight wins and no losses. It would
also leave the NU quint with a 6-2 record in Big 7 play. They have
lost to K-State 79-62 and to Mizzou. Though this is a fine record, it is
only winning half the battle.
League Laurels ...
If the Cornhuskers nurse hopes of walking off with league laurels,
they must be able to bring home the bacon from foreign courts. If a
team has any potentiality, then taking conference triumphs on their
home maples is a small task. By some unknown means of computation,
it has been established that a host team has at least ten points edge
on his opponents at the outset of the game.
Taking the Nebraska cage crew, their task is to win on the road.
An example of their failure is last Saturday. In an earlier meeting
of the two fives, Nebraska emerged victorious by 16 points. This was
on the NU court. But when they journeyed to Manhattan, they fell
to this same Wildcat team, 79-62. They held a 45-41 margin at the
midway mark, but froze in the second half.
Thus far, the Husker's three conference wins have come in Lincoln.
They have downed K-State, Colorado, Kansas and Iowa Sta.a. On
the road they have lost Big Seven tilts to Missouri and K-State. In
fact, six of Nebraska's seven wins have been here. Their only victory
on foreign boards has been a win over Bradley. They have lost all
eight of their contests on the road. Difficulty like this will only bring
Nebraska a third or fourth place standing on the road.
A Winning Team ...
A winning team must be able to compile at least a 10-2 mark to
take conference honors. This year the two top contenders, Missouri
and Colorado, both deadlocked are running true to form. The Buffs
and Tigers are deadlocked for the loop league with a 5-1 record. If
Nebraska hopes to come out on top, they must down CU, Kansas,
Iowa State and Oklahoma on the road and still beat MU and Oklahoma
As the mid-way point has been reached In the 1954-55 cage season,
most of the conference races have begun to take shape. In the East,
the Ivy League has proved a tight race. Penn, led by All-American
Jess Arnell, has posted a 6-2 mark.
However, Columbia, boasting a 5-1' league record is running a
close second. The Big 10 finds Iowa and Minnesota deadlocked with
identical 5-2 records. Illinois is proving a close second with a 4-2
mark. The Illini meet Minnesota this Saturday in a crucial tilt.
Turning to the Atlantic Coast, Maryland tops the heap with an
8-2 mark. Duke, North Carolina and North Carolina State rest in
second place with a 7-2 mark.
Colorado, Missouri To Battle . . .
In our own Big 7. Colorado and Missouri, the two toD title con
tenders, battle at Boulder this Saturday. Tulsa and St. Louis are the
big guns in the Missouri Valley.
Billikins a 3-1. This will be the first
A&M has been out of the running.
In Intramural Play
Phi Delts, Phi Gams,
ATO's, Beta B's Win
By DAN CAMPBELL
Sports Staff Writer
After a two week layoff due to
final exams, intramural basket
ball is again in full swing, with
four games played Monday night,
14 Tuesday and 14 Wednesday.
With the IM tournaments draw
ing near, teams are making a
final effort to wind up in the up
per bracket of their leagues to
qualify for the playoffs.
The League 1, the Phi Delts
Tuesday night tightened their
hold on first place with their sixth
win, a 53-41 victory over the Phi
Gams. The ATO's, trailing closely
in league standings, also moved
up, winning handily from Sigma
Chi, 60-29. Wednesday night the
Phi Gams came through with
their first league victory, a 48-33
win over the Sig Alphs.
Sig Eps Win
In the lone contest played in
League 2, the Sig Eps Tuesday
lambasted the AGR's, 46-21.
Theta Xi continued in their win
ning ways with a 56-24 pasting of
Brown Palace for their seventn
consecutive triumph. In the only
other contest in League 3, the
Alpha Gamma Sigma quintet de
feated the second place ZBT's,
42-24, for their second win of the
The Cornhusker Co-op five ran
i their striner to eieht straight vic
tories with two wins, beating the
Tekes, 72-25, Tuesday and the
Theta Chi's. 54-43, Wednesday.
The Theta Chi's had previously
annexed their fifth win, dumping
Norris House, 47-35, Tuesday.
There was plenty of action in
League 5 Wednesday as the lead
ing ATO B squad zipped past
Sigma Chi, 29-15, the Phi Gams
routine the Phi Delt B team. 41-21,
and the Delt B's smothering the
Sig Alph's, 45-22.
Beta Bs Take 6th
In League 6, the Beta B five
eained their sixth straight win,
with a 34-19 victory over the Sig
ir The Phi Psi's aided their
cause, defeating the AGR B team,
The AlDha Gamma Sigma B
enintet took it on the chin in
League 7, losing to Farm House
Mondav. 40-27.' but redeemed
themselves with a 25-22 edge over
thA Theta Xi's Wednesday.
In the Frosh League, the AGR's
were bounced from a tie for first
place by two defeats, one at the
hands of the Farm House five,
45-28, and the other by the DU's
29-28. The Phi Delts, meanwhile,
took over sole possession of first
place with a resounding oz-zo tn
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uinph over Sigma Chi. In other
games, Sigma Nu brought their
record to 4-4 with a 22-19 edge
over the ATO's and a 34-29 mar
gin over Farm House.
In League 14, the Ag Jokers
handed the Rustlers, 41-35.
The following teams won games
by forfeit: Delta Tau Delta A (2
games); Phi Kappa Psi A; Beta
Sigma Psi A; Cornhusker Co-op
B;rFarm House B; Delta Upsilon
C; Hitchcock House C; Ag Men
and Phi Epsilon Kappa.
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Must Stop Twin Threat
Fifle Hopes Of llusker Bushmen Dangle
After a successful week-end
Coach Jerry Bush's hustling Husk
ers once again assume their roles
of giant killers. The Bushmen,
who claim the only blemish on the
Colorado slate, face a double as
The Big Reds will first attempt
to extend their home court win
skein against the loop's cellar
dwellers, Oklahoma, tomorrow
night and then try to continue
Lester Lane, a diminutive, 5-10
euard on Bruce Drake's Oklahoma
quintet, has scored consistently
during his four years of varsity
action. Playing on a losing team
this season. Lane's outcourt eye
and driving ability have lost none
of their luster as he clips along at
a 21.3 scoring gait. For his size he
is an excellent rebounder, play
maker and defensive player.
Sooner potential and look ahead
to the powerful Bengals from Co
Biz Name Stars
Two of the most outstanding in-
lacerating loop .leaders Monday in
the form of Missouri.
Oklahoma is considered one of
the Big Seven's non-productive potentials.-The
Sooners sizzled in the
pre-season Kansas City tourney
by trouncing both Colorado and
Kansas State and securing a third
place. Since then, however, the
Sooners haven't hit their stride
The Cornhuskers must avoid the
usual tendency to overlook the
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Slate With Sooners, Tigers
j dividual competitors will take the
floor against the Huskers in these
conference tilts. Oklahoma spark
plug Lester Lane holds the title of
the first man in the school's his
tory to exceed the 1,000 point to
tal. Mizzou's skyscraping pivot
man, Bob Reiter, also has gained
Missouri is ranked in the top ten
nationally in all polls. Aside from
their tremendous postman Reiter
the Tigers also have in their start
ing line-ups two proven snipers,
Norm Stewart with a 17.3 average
Leading Big Seven
Haldorson, Colorado 25.6
Reiter, Missouri 22.5
Lane, Oklahoma ....21.6
Duncan, Iowa State 21.3
Stewart, Missouri 16.6
Thompson, Iowa State 15.3
Craft, Kansas State 14.8
Jeangerard, Colorado 14.6
Park, Missouri 13.6
and Med Park who is hitting at
a 15.1 clip.
The Huskers will probably em
ploy their collapsing zone defense
in hopes of hamstringing Mizzou's
gangling center. Each time Reiter
has faced zone coverage he has
suffered sub-par evenings from
his usual output of 18.5 per game.
Colorado's B u r d e t te Haldorson
showed Nebraska spectators the
worth of an effective pivot in his
33 point spree last Monday.
This is the crucial point for
Husker conference championship
aspirations. Should the Scarlet
quint continue their winning ways
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This would require the type of
play they showed against Colorado
in all future encounters. Where
the Huskers appear to be hurting
is on the road outings. Coach
Bush's charges have been success
ful in but one contest on away
games this season. The Huskers
have shown glimmers of hope late
ly, but the answer will come in the
next few encounters.
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Will Fagler, lanky 6-5 forward
and pivotman, possesses the long
est reach on the Nebraska squad.
This armspread, plus a good leg
spring, have enabled "Fag" to
gobble up his share of rebounds
and points. Monday night he
played the game of his career as
big Burdette Haldorsen finally
tired of chasing him and had to
be taken from the game in the
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NU Baseball Chores
Spady Handles Workouts
The crack of the horsehide will
temporarily replace the roar of
the Kvm as head coach Tony
Sharpe sends 35 baseball hopefuls
through their early season paces
against the University of Tulsa
in preparation for their opener
April 1 at Tulsa.
While Sharpe is still with the
Sage squad, assistant coach Dick
Spady is handling the reigns.
Returning lettermen are Fran
Hofmaier and Dick Geier, pitch
ers; catcher Murray Backhaus,
Bill Giles, lb-of; Norm Confal, ss;
Dirkes Rolston, inf.; Jim Ceder
dahl, of; and Don Becker, of.
Other veterans reporting are Dan
Brown, 3b; Roger Bottorf, LeRoy
Garreles, Bryan Sievers, and Jer
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Coach Sharpe said the mound
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five of the six hurlers are south
paws. Rookie Rex Ekwall is the
only right-handed hope. Sharpe is
expecting to improve his standing
from last year when his diamond
crew finished sixth. Iowa State
fell below the Cornhuskers.
Sharpe said that Missouri and
Oklahoma should once again bat
tie for Big 7 laurels. The Tigers
went on to win the NCAA finals
last season, avenging an earlier
loss to Holy Cross in the 1953
play-offs. The Missourians have
their same squad back save their
shortstop and first baseman.
Mat Match Advanced
The wrestling match scheduled
with Kansas State for 7:30 p.m.
Friday night has been advanced
to 5:30 p.m. due to a conflect with
the Hebron Teachers basketball
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